The next letter game is played in teams of 4 at the maximum to practice alphabetical order with the goal being trying to recall as quickly as possible the next letter. A perfect warm up for when junior high school first grade are learning how to use the dictionary.

Basic Info

Time: 5 mins
Level: Junior high, grade 1
Works with: Learning how to use a dictionary
Class size: Any size

You will need:

  • nothing


  1. Students make groups of 3 or 4.
  2. One student (the leader) says any letter from the alphabet.
  3. Other students in the group think and try to be the first to say the next letter in the alphabet order.
  4. The winner becomes the new leader and repeat.


  • Larger groups means some students may opt out of playing and thinking.
  • Demonstrate this game with the teacher and a student.


  • Larger groups means some lower level students may opt out of playing. That would be a shame because this is a great warm up to thinking about alphabet order on the lessons when students learn how to look up words in an English dictionary.
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